Man United and Liverpool will need to move swiftly to sign defensive target as contract decision gives them a new rival

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There’s a clear shortage of top class defenders in world football, so it’s not a surprise that any promising youngster with a reasonable buy out clause will attract attention from every big team in Europe.

Dayot Upamecano has actually had a shaky few weeks with RB Leipzig and with France but he’s still highly thought of, and there’s going to be a lot of interest in him over the next couple of transfer windows.

The Manchester Evening News have indicated that his release clause will allow him to go for €45m, and it’s though that both United and City are very interested in him.

City’s interest looks a bit more unlikely when you consider they spent a lot of money on Ruben Dias and Nathan Ake this summer, but United’s need is obvious in the heart of their defence.

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They aren’t the only Premier League side showing an interest after the Liverpool Echo suggested that a move to Anfield looks more likely following the injuries to Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk, so he will have a lot of options.

The problem for the English sides now comes in the shape of Bayern Munich, especially when you consider that they have a well established history of hoovering up all the top talents in the Bundesliga.

Bayern received a blow earlier today when it was announced that Jerome Boateng would be leaving the club when his contract expires, and Upamecano is now their prime target to replace him:

Bayern have shown over the years that they will immediately confirm a transfer when it’s needed rather than waiting for a transfer window to open to start proceedings, so the Premier League clubs will need to move very quickly here.

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